Braves come from behind to defeat Cardinals

By Larry Moko

The Bramwell brothers continue to excel for the Brebeuf Braves.

Grade 11 defenceman Jacob Bramwell is the latest member of his family to play Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school hockey at St. Jean de Brebeuf.

And with him in the lineup Wednesday, the Braves came from behind to defeat the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals 4-2 at Bill Friday Lawfield Arena. That result evened Brebeuf’s record at 2-2-1, while Newman slipped to 1-3.

“Jacob is a draft choice of the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs (13th round),” Brebeuf coach Mark Fama said. “He’s a great stud defenceman. And his two brothers (Connor and Zach) played for me in the past.

“It’s great to get the brothers and see kids like that year after year.”

Connor, 22, played several seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He’s currently a member of the Guelph Gryphons university hockey team. As for 20-year-old Zach, he was an NCAA Division 1 rookie in 2018-19 with Cornell’s Big Red.

“They were both forwards and I’m a defenceman,” Jacob said. “I was a forward at one point, too, but they needed me more at the back end so I learned to be a D.”

Jacob points out that Brebeuf won the HWCAA championship the last time Zach wore a Braves uniform in 2014.

Brebeuf scored three unanswered goals in the third period to skate away with the victory over Newman. Mark Swietek’s high backhander gave Brebeuf a 3-2 lead with 91 seconds remaining and he also found the open net from his own zone to provide the insurance marker.

Other goals for the Braves were shared by Jacob Guilbeault and Matthew Geczy.

Michael Lanza, in the first period, and Luca Pinelli, in the second on a breakaway, accounted for the Newman goals.

“Unfortunately, we had a giveaway for them to get the 3-2 go-ahead goal,” Cardinals coach Gerry Moretuzzo said. “Brebeuf deserved the win, though. They earned it. Our goalie (Michael Raffay) was instrumental in keeping that game close at the end.”

Raffay stopped Ryan Burke’s breakaway shot but the puck stayed in the Newman zone leading up to the game-winning goal.

“We’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of talent,” Fama said. “Our team is hard working with a solid core of returning kids.

“We’re right there with everybody in the league.”

Said Bramwell: “It was a good team effort. We were strong in our own end, covering the points nicely, and we capitalized on our chances. I thought (the Cardinals) were the strongest team we’ve played so far.”

Moretuzzo said there is a lot of parity in the league this season. Both of Newman’s two other losses were by one goal.

In the girls’ half of the doubleheader, Newman blanked Brebeuf, 3-0, to remain the league’s only undefeated team. The Cardinals and St. Mary Crusaders each have eight points.

Source: Marnie Jadon

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